Thursday, May 18, 2017

I Believe In Artists: Giselle Denis

Artist Giselle Denis live painting a $100,000 Lexus at Vignettes Design Show

I shared a post on the I Believe In Art Facebook page recently where I conveyed how much the art and life of Claude Monet inspires me and asked the question, "Who inspires you?".  I got some really great responses, including one from Artist Rozanna Moore McConnell of Indigo Child Studios where she mentioned another artist in her community, Giselle Denis.

As soon as I clicked over to Giselle's Facebook page, I saw why Rozanna was so impressed by her.  Not only is Giselle's art amazing but her passion and commitment to her craft is awe inspiring.  I knew I had to ask her if she would do an interview for this blog.  I'm sure once you are done reading it, you will see why I was so excited when she agreed. Enjoy!


Artist Giselle Denis In Her Studio With Her Painting, "Believing In The Bliss".

Question: I know art speaks its own language but if you had to describe your work in only six words, what would they be?

Giselle: My art represents hope and truth. 


"The Feeling Of A Place" Painting By Giselle Denis

Question: Who is your favorite artist (in any medium) and how do they inspire you?

Giselle: Claude Monet. The lightness in which he held his brush and the way he saw and looked at the world, and translated that perspective onto canvas. His brushstrokes were light, loose and playful. My approach is similar. I try to keep things loose and playful. Not overworked. More of a suggestion of a scene, rather than an actual scene. I feel like Monet painted the feeling of a place, rather than the literal place. 

Question: What inspires you to create?

Giselle:

-Long walks. 
-Long hours in the studio, which leads me down pathways of new direction and creative ideas. 
-Deadlines. 
-Art shows to paint & prepare for. 
-Thankfulness & gratitude to have the privilege of being an artist. 
-My supportive family. 
-Ideas that keep me awake at night. 
-Summer time. 
-The sound of birds and the shining warmth of the sun. 
-I love to paint outdoors when I can. I take every opportunity possible to paint “en-plein air” since our outdoor season is so short. 
-Time spent with friends. 
-Time away from painting.


Giselle Denis Live Painting At Raffles Hotel Dubai 

Question: What is your favorite part of your creative process?

Giselle: 


-Finishing the painting and naming it and then starting another one. Naming my art is just as fun as creating the painting. I am a trained musician, singer/songwriter. It’s what I was trained to do. But art has become the forefront of what I do. I use my songwriting abilities when naming my art. The sound words make when they roll off your tongue is important to me in the naming process. It should sound poetic in form. 

-I love being able to share art so quickly through social media these days. When I began my career, all I had was a website. Now your audience can be thousands of people with a photo and a click of a button. I love sharing why I gave the painting a certain name. Now I share a short story of the process of naming the painting. People really seem to connect with me and engage with me when I share my thoughts on the paintings. 

-I love sharing my art by painting in public. I paint weekly at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for their guests. I've been there for 3 years. It’s very rewarding to share my painting process in public. I paint quickly, so live painting is a good fit for me. During a 3-4 hour period, I make 2-3 paintings.

-I love the thick juicy paint. Not worrying about how much I go through is very liberating. I buy it by the gallon and have the freedom to use as much as I want.

-I love having a working studio space set up at all times, ready to have me come and create in it.


Giselle With Her Gallons Of Paint

Question: What is the most challenging part of your creative process and how do you meet that challenge?

Giselle: 

-Staying fresh. 

-Staying true to who I am, how I see the world and how I paint that world. 

-When I take on commissions, remaining true to my painting style and learning how to deal with people who want to tell me how to make a great painting. Effectively communicating to my customers why they hired me to make a painting, and then asking them to entrust me as the artist professional to do a great job. 

-Knowing when to stop painting. People ask me frequently, “How do you know when a painting is done?” My answer is, “It is never ‘done’. You just have to know when to stop.”

"Tranquility" Painting By Giselle Denis

Question: And finally, what does "believing in art" mean to you?

Giselle: Believing in art, to me, means to trust the process. Trust yourself. Don’t second guess yourself, but if you do, trust you will figure it out. It also means hours spent painting. If you expect huge results but only paint a few times a year, you are not going to see huge results. But if you paint a little bit every day, you will see results a little bit every day. And then one day, you will wake up, and a few years will have gone by and you will see how far you've come. Believe you were created to create. Believe you have it in you. Believe you have unique and special ideas and that no one has your mind and can apply the paint onto canvas the way you do. Only you can see the world through your own eyes. Only you can interpret what you see and feel onto canvas the way you do.


My thanks to Giselle, for sharing her art, her insight and her inexhaustible creative spirit with us.  And thanks to Rozanna for bringing her to my attention!

To learn more about Giselle and her art, connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.

For more "I Believe In Artists" Interviews and to learn how you can apply to be featured, click here.

Until next time, Happy creating!

Peace, Love and Art,
Victoria


http://www.ibelieveinartshop.com

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I Believe In Artists: Jennifer Eddie

Artist Jennifer Eddie

I'm so pleased to have the opportunity to share the art and thoughts of another talented artist with you today as part of my "I Believe In Artists" series.  

I'm happy that these interviews have managed to include a diverse sample of artists so far and yet at the same time, I believe they have demonstrated that most artists have many of the same joys and struggles in common.

I'm certain more than a few of you will recognize some of your joys and struggles in the words of artist Jennifer Eddie, just as you will recognize your own humanity in the faces of her portraits.  

May art continue to unite us all while still celebrating the beauty of our differences.



'Laura Mvula' Oil on Canvas Block by Jennifer Eddie

Question: I know art speaks its own language but if you had to describe your work in only six words, what would they be?

Jennifer: Capturing emotions in the human face.



'Andy Murray' Pencil on 130gsm Cartridge Paper By Jennifer Eddie


Question: Who is your favorite artist (in any medium) and how do they inspire you?

Jennifer: So difficult to choose one.  I first came across the work of Lucian Freud when I did a portraiture summer school at Edinburgh College of Art.  When I saw the different colours he used in 'A Sleeping Head' it was a revelation and completely changed my approach to the subject of portraiture.  



'Big Smile' Pencil on 130gsm Cartridge Paper By Jennifer Eddie

Question: What inspires you to create?

Jennifer: The human face.  It is fascinating.  It is where your emotions are on display.  Faces full of character and a life well lived are particularly inspiring. The ones that have a story to tell. I want to capture that.



'Cuba Gooding Jr' Pencil on 130gsm Cartridge Paper by Jennifer Eddie

Question: What is your favorite part of your creative process?

Jennifer: I do love it when I'm working on a portrait and it all just comes together. You see the person emerge. So satisfying!  But the whole creative process is a joy for me. Once I get into my studio I am very happy. When I am 'in the flow' I forget about everything.


'Sandi Toksvig' Coloured Pencil on 130gsm Cartridge Paper By Jennifer Eddie

Question: What is the most challenging part of your creative process and how do you meet that challenge?

Jennifer: Getting myself into my studio!  I do procrastinate quite a bit and social media can be very distracting!  But probably the biggest challenge for me is believing in myself and being true to the art I want to create.  I recently joined an art club, partly as a way of getting more involved in the local art community but mainly to challenge myself. It has been a positive experience for me. Working alongside other artists is pushing me to go in new directions and try different techniques.  And I seem to be a little more motivated about getting into the studio!  I am still working on the self-belief but my club is so supportive and encouraging that I feel much more confident about my art and the direction I want to take.


'Mother' Coloured Pastel Pencil on Paper
  
Question: And finally, what does "believing in art" mean to you?

Jennifer: Believing in art defines who I am.  It is an essential part of my life - like breathing.




Thank you, Jennifer for sharing your art and your passion for art with us.

You can learn more about Jennifer and her art on her web site at JenniferEddie.com.  Some of her art is available at artfinder.com/jennifer-eddie and be sure to connect with her on her facebook page: facebook.com/jennifereddieartist

Click here to find more artist interviews and learn how you can apply to be featured.

Until next time, happy creating!

Peace, Love and Art,
Victoria


http://www.ibelieveinartshop.com

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I Believe In Artists: Victoria Lynn Hall


Hello, my name is Victoria Lynn Hall and I believe in art.

For my first "I Believe In Artists" feature of 2017, I decided to interview an artist I've known for a very long time, me!  And now that I have, I would just like to take a moment to apologize to all my past and future interview subjects.  I really had no idea how difficult these questions were until I had to answer them myself!

At the same time, I have to say I enjoyed the challenge and learned a lot from it.  So without further ado, here's a little more about me and my art:


"Treasured" Acrylic on 11x14 Canvas.  Click here to read a blog post inspired by this painting.

Question: I know art speaks its own language but if you had to describe your work in only six words, what would they be?

Me: Attempts to tell a better story.



"It's A Wonder Full Life" Acrylic on 11x14 Canvas
hung on a wall with my hand painted mural.

Question: Who is your favorite artist (in any medium) and how do they inspire you?

Me: My favorite artist is Claude Monet, because of how hopeful his paintings make me feel and also because they inspire me to look at the world differently.  Learning about Monet and his art taught me to really notice and appreciate the magic and movement of light and color, especially in nature and in my garden specifically (you can read more about that by clicking here).


I would also like to say that since starting the I Believe In Art Facebook Page, I have encountered so many talented artists who inspire me with their work and their creative spirits on a daily basis.


"Hopes and Dreams" Acrylic on 11x14 Canvas.  Click here to read more about this painting.

Question: What inspires you to create?

Me: I am always creating in many different mediums for many different reasons.  However, when it comes to painting it is often frustration that leads me to my easel.  There is a certain kind of angst I'm prone to that only pushing paint around a canvas can relieve for me.  For me, creating art is an act of self care. I count on it to restore my faith and renew my optimism.



"Light Dawning" Acrylic on 11x14 Canvas.
Click here to learn the story behind this painting.

Question: What is your favorite part of your creative process?

Me: I love it when I am in that creative zone where my intuition kicks in and I just know what to do without questioning myself.  Experiencing that through my artistic process has taught me to trust my intuition more in other areas of my life.


Question: What is the most challenging part of your creative process and how do you meet that challenge?

Me: The most challenging part of the creative process for me is just getting started.  There is always that perfectionist, procrastinating side of me (that I call my anti-muse) that I have to battle before I begin anything.  She never thinks I'm ready enough or good enough, so the challenge is to get to work in spite of that and keep going until my intuition (aka my muse) kicks in and shuts her up.



"What Never Was" Acrylic on 24X30 Canvas

Question: And finally, what does "believing in art" mean to you?

Me:  On a personal level, believing in art means believing I will know something after I create art that I didn't know before I created it - that it can unlock doors in my perception and help me see myself and the world in a better light. 

You can read what believing in art means to me in general on The I Believe In Art Manifesto:

The I Believe In Art Manifesto.  Click here to read the story of how this was born.

Thanks so much for reading. Some of my paintings are available as canvas prints at the I Believe In Art Shop (Click Here).  And as always, you can connect with me through my I Believe In Art Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter accounts.

Oh and if you are an artist who would like to be interviewed for this feature, please click here for more information.

Thanks again and happy creating!

Peace, Love and Art,
Victoria


http://www.ibelieveinartshop.com